US Disputes Report That It Opposed Breastfeeding Resolution
11 July, 2018, 09:47 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
A New York Timesreport Monday said the US delegation at the assembly in Geneva this spring embraced "the interest of infant formula manufacturers" and "upended the deliberations". Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs.
In the past several decades, scientific consensus has concluded that breast milk is ultimately healthier for children than infant formula, although not all parents are able to breastfeed. At first, the United States delegates attempted to simply dilute the pro-breastmilk message, voiding language that called for governments to "protect, promote, and support breastfeeding" and limit promotion of competing baby food products that experts warn can be harmful.
At the same assembly, US leaders sided with the pharmaceutical industry and fought unsuccessfully against an effort to help poor countries get access to lifesaving medications. Mothers and babies together result in longer breastfeeding duration rates.
"We need a government willing to counter misinformation from the baby food and formula industry, not one that caters to it". The companies denied any wrongdoing.
In third world countries, there is an added danger to babies from using infant formulas, which require water added, because 'levels of infectious disease are high and access to safe water is poor, ' a 2015 report from UNICEF found.
The New York Times reports US delegates even threatened the Ecuadorean government with punishing trade measures, convincing them to drop the resolution.
"We were shocked because we didn't understand how such a small matter like breast-feeding could provoke such a dramatic response", said the Ecuadorean official, speaking with a requirement of anonymity.
According to the Times, "American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding" and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children".
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Although the US and many other countries promote a "breast is best" policy, many mothers are unable to breastfeed for a variety of reasons like medical challenges, insufficient maternity leave, or inability to afford time away from work often required for exclusive breastfeeding.
Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said it's "patently false" to portray the USA position as "anti-breastfeeding".
When contacted for a comment, the Department of Health and Human Services said the USA stance was in support of mothers who can not breast-feed for various reasons.
"They also had co-sponsored the original resolution so they were very supportive of the breastfeeding protection mechanisms in the resolution so we really have to commend them for that".
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.
"We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons". Among the myriad issues discussed at these annual meetings are policies and initiatives related to infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and breast milk substitutes, topics that gained prominence in the Assembly in the 1980s.
After this period of confusion, Russian Federation actually ended up introducing a resolution about breastfeeding. Universal adoption of breastfeeding in low- and middle-income countries could prevent the death of an estimated 823,000 children under two years old, according to a study by the Australian National University.
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